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And now digested and published from his original MSS.
By Mr. HORACE WALPOLE,
To which is added
The HISTORY of
The MODERN TASTE in GARDENING,
Tbe Glory of Lebanon mall come unto tbee, the Fir-Tree, tbe Pine Tree,
and ibe Box rogerber, 20 beautify the Place of my Saneluary, and I will
Ilaiah, 1x. 13
The THIRD EDITION with ADDITIONS.
VOLUME the FOURTH and laft.
PRINTED FOR J. DODSLEY, PALL-MALL.
TO HIS GRACE
Duke of RICHMOND, Lenox, and
T is not to court protection to this
work; it is not to celebrate your a Grace's virtues and abilities, which
want no panegyric; it is to indulge the sentiments of respect and esteem, that I take the liberty of prefixing your name to this volume, the former parts of these Anecdotes having been inscribed to a Lady, now dead, to whom I had great obligations.
The publications of my press have been appropriated to Gratitude and Friendship, not to Flattery. Your Grace's singular Encouragement of Arts, a virtue inherited with others from your noble Father, intitles you to this Address; and allow me to say, my Lord, it is a proof of your judgment and Taste, that in your countenance of talents there is but one instance of partiality-I mean, your Favour to
ni most faithful and obedient "!or
ori gaivi i 59 bumble Servant,
HIS last volume has been long writ
ten, and even printed. The publication, * though a debt to the purchasers of the preceding volumes, was delayed from motives of tenderness. The author, who could not resolve, like most biographers, to dispense universal panegyric, especially on many incompetent artists, was still unwilling to utter even gentle censures, which might wound the affections, or offend the prejudices of those related to the persons whom truth forbad him to commend beyond their merits. He hopes, that as his opinion is no standard, it will pass for mistaken judgment with such as shall be displeased with his criticisms. If his encomiums seem too lavish to others, the public will at least know that they are bestowed sincerely. He would not have hesitated to publish his remarks sooner, if he had not been averse to exaggeration.
The work is carried as far as the author intended to go, though he is sensible he could continue it with more satisfaction to himself, as
* It was not published till O&tu ber 9, 1986, though printed